Genoa coach Gian Piero Gasperini has again insisted that star striker Diego Milito is not for sale, at least not at the time being.
The Argentinian has been a revelation during his second spell with the Rossoblu, scoring 12 goals to lead the Serie A goalscoring charts.
Several clubs have shown an interest in signing him and Spanish giants Real Madrid have already approached Genoa President Enrico Preziosi, who declared the striker not for sale at any price.
And Gasperini expects to keep hold of the 29-year-old, at least until the summer.
"Milito is not for sale," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "It is not even possible to imagine a situation in which we could sell him, at least not in January.
"But remember the motto that everything has its price."
Milito's goals have helped fire Genoa to sixth in the Serie A table and he has gained hero status among the club's fans.
And Gasperini has thanked his side's supporters for making 2008 a year to remember.
"Popping the cork at the end of this year is going to be very special," he continued. "I have received the esteem of (Inter coach Jose) Mourinho and I thought receiving compliments from your colleagues would be the best thing, but the crowd in Genoa is worth even more.
"It is an extraordinary feeling to pay back their affection."
Source: Sporting Life